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Ortolan (ASR 5)



Call sign:
Nan - Item - King - Charlie

ex-AM-45
ex-Minesweeper No. 45



Call sign (1919):
George - Boy - Dog - Rush

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 9 July 1918 by the Staten Island Shipbuilding Co., Staten Island, NY
  • Launched 30 January 1919
  • Commissioned USS Ortolan, Minesweeper No. 45, 17 September 1919
  • Designated AM-45, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1922 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Recommissioned, 11 July 1922
  • Reclassified as a Submarine Rescue Ship, ASR-5, 12 September 1929
  • Decommissioned 18 March 1947 at San Francisco, CA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 10 June 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal and sold 20 August 1947 into merchantile service to Bay Cities Transportation Co. of San Francisco, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for transfer to the War Shipping Administration as September 1947
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,400 t.
  • Length 188' 7"
  • Beam 36' 8"
  • Draft 13' 2"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 91
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 200psi Babcock and Wilcox saturated steam boilers, Harlan and Hollingsworth Corp. 1,400shp triple expansion vertical engine, one shaft.
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    USS Ortolan (AM 45)
    Ortolan 44k . Robert Hurst
    Ortolan 112k c. 1925
    Ortolan possibly at Mare Island. The sub is believed to be the S-35 (SS-140), or S-36 (SS-141)
    Ric Hedman TN(SS)
    USS Ortolan (ASR 5)
    Ortolan 91k U.S. Navy photo -
    Ortolan 299k 17 July 1943
    Solomon Islands
    The crew of the Ortolan standing on hull of a raised Japanese midget sub
    Library of Congress photo
    Bill Gonyo

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Alexander James, USN17 September 1919
    02LTJG Mauritz Martin Nelson, USN1 July 1923
    03LT William Elbert McClendon, USN18 December 1926
    04LT Fleet Wood Corwin, USN29 March 1929 - 1932
    05LT Frederick John Eckhoff, USN18 June 1932 - 1933
    06LT Orville Kenneth O'Daniel, USN11 July 1933
    07LCDR Robert Lee Dennison, USN - Retired as Admiral1935 - 1937
    08LT Lowell Thornton Stone, USN - USNA Class of 1929
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1944) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    28 April 1938 - July 1941
    09LT Frank DeVere Latta, USNJuly 1941 - 8 April 1942
    10LCDR Ashley L. Holland, USN8 April 1942 - December 1943
    11LT Ernest Maltby, USNDecember 1943 - 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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